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BEng (Hons) Mobile Systems and Communication Engineering

Course Overview

Mobile computer systems are part of one of the fastest growing fields of engineering and one that has a very visible impact on modern life. One of the major driving forces behind the explosion of mobile computing is the desire to be connected to the internet. People are no longer satisfied travelling to technology; they want it to travel with them and to have the wealth of knowledge provided by the internet available at their fingertips.

This is just the beginning. There many opportunities for mobile systems and communications engineering from sensors on buildings in earthquake zones that can wirelessly monitor movements and give advanced warning signals, to devices in cars that can automatically contact a recovery service, amongst many others.

The impact of mobile communication systems in many aspects of everyday life are increasingly evident, and sometimes they are assume critical importance The scope for developing innovative, useful applications appears virtually unlimited. This programme explores a range of wireless communication engineering and principles that permit the design of wireless systems and mobile wireless networks. Besides that, this programme engage you in computer engineering such as embedded Linux systems, which is regards as the main computation platform for modern consumer electronics including mobile handset, Television, washing machine etc.

BEng graduates will possess an understanding of key operational and technical aspects of contemporary wireless communication principles, mobile communication systems, mobile wireless networks,, embedded Linux systems and applications, and the use of peripheral devices including sensors and of potential communication security issues, mechanisms and policies; they will appreciate new developments and emergent trends within the area and the standards required of a professional computer systems engineer, and will be able to design, implement and test systems using Industry-standard platforms and development tools as well as having a wide range of practical network skills in demand and valued highly by the network sector.

Key information

    Course name

    BEng (Hons) Mobile Systems and Communication Engineering

    Total academic credits

    360 credits

    Qualification awarded

    BEng with honours

    Awarding body

    Middlesex University

    Professional recognition

    No

    Academic level

    Undergraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6)

    Study mode

    Full time

    Duration

    3 year or 4 years with work placement

    Tuition fees

    £12,000 per year

    Intakes

    October

    Work placement

    Yes

    Course location

    London

Academic entry requirements

• 240 UCAS tariff points, plus GCSE English and Maths with a minimum of Grade C
• BTEC National Diploma/International Baccalaureate/Advanced Progression Diplomas
• Access to HE Diploma
• International students should meet equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification
• If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree
• If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three.

English entry requirements

Students for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.

Progression route

Further academic study at postgraduate level in MEng or professional career.

Career opportunities

Graduates can enter telecommunication industry as mobile systems developers, deployment engineers, network engineers, network planning and optimisation engineers, field applications engineers, sales engineers. Mobile Systems and Communication Engineering recent graduates have secured jobs with global companies in wireless and digital design, network design and implementation, network planning, mobile internet applications and services development.

Modules

Year 1

Compulsory

  • Computer Systems Architecture and Operating Systems (30 credits)
  • Fundamental of Electronics and Communication Engineering (30 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (30 credits)
  • Programming for Data Communication and Problem Solving  (30 credits)

 

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Microwave and Radio Propagation (30 credits)
  • Protocols and Network Performance Simulation (30 credits)
  • Real-time Wireless Signal Processing and Software Radio (30 credits)
  • Research Methodology and Professional Project Development (30 credits)

 

Placement year

The university encourages students to either undertake a paid work placement during their studies as a year-long assignment between year two and three, or to undertake an internship; either full-time over the summer following your second year of study, or part-time throughout the course of your final year.

The paid, year-long work placement exempts you from paying tuition fees for the full academic year; ensuring you gain the necessary practical skills to embark on your chosen career.

Work experience in the form of placements and internships greatly improve graduate employment prospects, and students who take part achieve excellent academic results through applying their learning in a professional setting.

The university’s specialist Employability Service and London location ensure that every year our students and graduates gain prestigious placement opportunities.

 

Year 3

Compulsory

  • Digital Communications (30 credits)
  • Embedded Linux System and Application Development (30 credits)
  • Individual Project (30 credits)
  • Mobile Wireless Networks: Planning and Optimisation (30 credits)

 

Assessment methods

The course uses a variety of assessment methods, including examinations, written coursework, and practical assignments involving problem-solving, design, analysis, modelling and simulations. You will be assessed on your projects, both individual and group, including demonstrations of your work, reports, presentations and sometimes a viva.

You will receive regular feedback on your work, including your exams and assessed coursework, and informal feedback in seminars and laboratory sessions.

 

Aims of the programme

The programme’s educational aims are to:

  • develop detailed knowledge of wireless communications principles (channel, microwave/RF, wireless signal processing techniques, digital communication, software radio), which are the foundation for the design and development of mobile communication systems (GSM, UMTS, LTE) and wireless network (WiFi, WiMAX, Mobile ad hoc Networks, Wireless Sensor Networks), and mobile wireless network planning and optimisation
  • develop detailed knowledge of data communication networks including IP networks, ATM networks, fibre optics, which are the backbone of modern landline and wireless communication infrastructure
  • develop a detailed knowledge of real-time systems embedded Linux hardware and software which are the foundation for the design and implementation of modern computer systems (embedded Linux, real-time systems
  • develop an understanding of industry-standard tools and techniques required for the design and development of wireless communication systems, communication networks, and embedded Linux hardware and applications
  • develop an appreciation and awareness of such current and emergent systems, and the insight into the requirements and standards

 

Main learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this programme the successful student will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • The principles and methodology underpinning the development of wireless communication systems, communication networks and computer systems, and the problem analysis and solution of relevant engineering problem
  • The principles, computational concepts, scientific and engineering principles and methods needed to model, simulate, analyse wireless communication systems and networks, and the application of computer systems both hardware and software to implement wireless systems with an appropriate understanding of relevant criteria of quality and performance
  • The relevance and ramifications of a range of professional, legal, managerial, business, organisational, ethical, social and sustainability considerations relevant to the practice of the computer based systems professiona
  • The significance, role and function of computer communication practitioners within society and the operational, material environment within which they will be expected to practise
  • The business, organisational and management techniques relevant to those engaging in enterprise and the production of communications systems, products and processes
  • The general concepts and principles of design methodology specific to particular computer systems products and processes and how to apply these

 

Cognitive (thinking) skills

On completion of this programme the successful student will be able to:

  • Engage effectively in tasks requiring initial problem identification and to effectively apply relevant engineering principles and techniques appropriate to the analysis and solution of a range of technical problems arising out of either well-defined or underdetermined scenarios typical in application contexts found in the sector, use of creativity and innovation in practical contexts
  • Apply a systems approach by mean of information, concepts, arguments, assumptions and evidence derived from a wide variety of sources to engineering problems
  • Solve technical problems creatively in problem-solving and design contexts drawing on techniques or concepts some of which are at the forefront of wireless systems/networks development or research and to deal with issues creatively in the presence of incomplete data
  • Adopt a integrative systems approach to design activity and problem solving which defers to external influences on the design process: economical, ethical, social, and human-computer interaction principle; design a new computer system or adapt a system to provide for a new or changed operational need
  • Conduct analysis of systems, devices and components requiring RF and signal processing solutions and to relate analysis to the design of new mobile systems, components and processes and to modify an existing system, component or process

 

Practical skills

On completion of the programme the successful student will be able to:

  • Use specialist design and development systems and tools safely and effectively in the systems development; model and analyse mobile system problems; simulate, synthesise and test such systems and processes
  • Conduct modelling, simulations, and experimental tasks with minimal guidance, and report effectively on findings
  • Use technical literature effectively and conduct a specialist literature search effectively; plan and conduct a technical investigation using a wide range of technical literature
  • Document design and analytical work appropriately; commission, research, and sustain individual project activity and to report on findings in a defensible fashion relying on minimal supervision
  • Design and develop embedded components, systems, processes and applications using industry-standard programming languages with consideration of technical requirements and constraints including environment and sustainability limitations, health and safety and risk issues, and the ability to manage the design process and evaluation of outcomes
  • Design and develop wireless signal processing components and systems using embedded hardware and software with consideration of technical requirements and constraints including environment and sustainability limitations, health and safety and risk issues, and the ability to manage the design process and evaluation of outcomes

 

Graduate skills

On completion of this programme the successful student will be able to undertake and demonstrate the following skills:

  • Work effectively both autonomously in independent project-oriented activity and co-operatively as a member of a group or project-team, and manage time and other resources
  • Deploy the general principles of design techniques specific to particular wireless systems and computer communications products and processes
  • Knowledge of mathematical skills and understanding to tasks requiring modelling, system analysis and problem-solving
  • Learn effectively for life-long personal and career development and to reflect on progress of learning; demonstrate leadership skills and initiative
  • Communicate effectively and explain technical information, concepts, arguments, design information effectively, using a variety of media, and range of methods appropriate to a given type of audience or communication objective